Rain leaves frustrated Ripon City without action

Ripon City's Duncan Terry. (1305022AM1)
Ripon City's Duncan Terry. (1305022AM1)

Frustrated Ripon City boss Charlie Brown hopes the West Yorkshire Premier schedule plays into his side’s favour when postponed fixtures are rearranged.

City’s clash at Brighouse Old Boys fell victim to the wet weather on Saturday as Brown’s boys missed action for the second straight weekend.

However, the Mallorie Park outfit’s fifth-place rivals failed to steal a march, as Boroughbridge drew 1-1 at Shelley and East End Park were shocked 6-3 by Hunslet Club.

Brown said the “stop-start” season had affected his side’s top five hopes but it remained “all to play for”.

“The weather’s a real frustration. Frustrating because we had a decent squad again,” he said.

“If there’s any match that’s going to be off in the Premier, it’s going to be there at Brighouse.

“It’s one of those you want to get away on a Saturday. You don’t want to be going there midweek.

“We need the fixture schedule to be sensible with us. Hopefully the secretary will use their common sense.”

City welcome tenth-placed Otley Town on Saturday (kick-off 2pm).

Brown has another strong squad at his disposal, with Paul Vincent, Adam Robinson and Tom Leeming available.

But Ashley Atkinson, Ali Wilson and Paul Abbott will sit out the contest.

Brown remained hopeful the Mallorie Park pitch would hold up to any further rain for Otley’s visit.

And he expected a repeat of City’s 2-0 away victory earlier this term

“Without putting my foot in it, I don’t think they are the best side in the world,” Brown added.

“They just work really hard and they have four big lads that get on the end of crosses.

“Over the last few games they have done ever so well but if we perform we will pick the points up.”